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Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

I attended the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Premiere courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.  All thoughts/experiences/opinions are my own!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Welcome to the Walt Disney Archives photo tour!  I am Amanda, Disney fan extraordinaire, and I’m your friendly and fabulous tour guide.  What makes me such a Disney Archive expert other then my fabulous-ness?  Well, I am not.  However, a few weeks ago I was able to tour the Archives building and hear all the details from a “real’ Disney Archive expert.  I am here today to share those details/photos with all my FABULOUS readers, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

As I walked into the Disney Archive room, my eyes became as wide as saucers and I was a bit overwhelmed with all the Disney memorabilia.  Seriously, there were cases filled with fantastic Disney memories.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Not only were the classic Disney collectables filling the shelves but also memorabilia from films past.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

The room was filled with the spirit of Walt, there was even a wall imagine of him smiling and welcoming everyone in.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

When you wish upon a star….

The magic of Disney is no stranger to anyone.  It’s about dreaming, and believing, and achieving.  Walt Disney dreamed, he dreamed of a magical place one can come to and be a kid at heart again.  He believed in this dream and set out to achieve it.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

And when Walt Disney set out to achieve something, it was big news!!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

And thus, Disneyland was born.  Check out the first map of Disneyland which included a walk through wax museum where visitors could walk through and be up close to villians and PIRATES.  Thus this vision becoming what is now the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and later the huge film franchise that is Pirates of the Caribbean!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

The first Disneyland ticket ever sold was for $1!  Whaaaat!!  It was actually Walt’s brother Roy who bought the first ticket.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Of course, achieving such huge dreams takes the work of many and Walt knew it takes a village to create an empire!  He worked closely with those who helped him along the way, including the animators.  In fact, he helped create a desk in the 1940’s tailored to the needs of the animators (shown above).

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

This teamwork, this passion, this vision and Walts creations did not go un-noticed.  He was awarded with the smiles of children/adults for years to come.  And yes, he received many awards along the way.  Above I am holding one of Disneys Academy Awards!!  What does it feel like to win an Academy Award?  Heavy!!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Now that you’ve toured the Walt Disney Archive’s, it’s time to go to Disneyland!!!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Summer Of Heroes

Summer Of Heroes

Disneyland has officially kicked off it’s “Summer Of Heroes” with amazing new experiences where guests can meet their favorite super heroes and ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT! Here are the details:

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! launches guests into an action-packed adventure that’s full of irreverent humor, combining a breathtaking free-fall sensation with all- new visual and audio effects. The action jumps to the beat of the attraction’s “awesome mix tape” of music, inspired by the films’ soundtracks. Guests will discover multiple ride experiences as they help  Rocket in a daring plan to free the Guardians–a band of extraterrestrial misfits–from the fortress of The Collector, Taneleer Tivan

  • Super Hero Encounters: For the first time, citizens of Terra (Earth) will come face-to- face with Groot.  They also may encounter the First Avenger, Captain America, and everyone’s favorite web slinger, the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!”: Star-Lord fires up his old-school boom box to get a party started.  Everyone, including tree-of-few-words Groot, is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash.
  • “Avengers Training Initiative”: Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
  • Heroic Encounter: Black Widow: Black Widow arrives on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.
  • Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action: Special themed merchandise, plus food and beverage items, will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

We were a week away from the opening of Summer of Heroes at Disneyland but we had other rides on the agenda for that day!  Such as the big Pirates Of The Caribbean ride!!

We have all heard stories of Johnny Depp making appearances as Jack Sparrow at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. So, I definitely had my eye out to spot that Jack Sparrow! Here he caught a photo opp in the line for the Pirates ride!

We have all heard stories of Johnny Depp making appearances as Jack Sparrow at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World.  So, I definitely had my eye out to spot that Jack Sparrow at Disneyland!  I just couldn’t find him anywhere, although people did keep saying I had a Jack on my head.  Weird.

We have all heard stories of Johnny Depp making appearances as Jack Sparrow at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. So, I definitely had my eye out to spot that Jack Sparrow! Here he caught a photo opp in the line for the Pirates ride!

It wasn’t until that sneaky pirate tried to nab my funnel cake!  I love you and all Jack but mess with my snacks and I may have to cut you.  He knew better though and gracefully stepped aside.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

Jack was even sweet enough to accompany me on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and protect me from all those dirty Scallywags that tried to cut in line.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

And let me tell you, there was protection needed on the ride as well, with all that gold to be had!

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

A Pirate’s Life for You

Gallivant inside a grand southern manor and board a small barge within a stone-wall fortress for a spellbinding adventure. Through a shadowy grotto, escape past the Blue Bayou restaurant before sliding down a small waterfall into the ghostly graveyard of fallen rapscallions—your gateway to the Golden Age of Piracy.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

Behold boisterous buccaneers drunk on the spoils of plunderin’ during your approximate 15-minute cruise amid the New World. Sing along as windswept pirates serenade you with their classic anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” And even spy a sly Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series along the way, as he secretly attempts to get his hands on the town’s treasures.

Walt Disney Archives Photo Tour: Disneyland, Pirates Of The Caribbean & Summer Of Heroes

It was a wonderful day to be had.  Thank you for escorting me through the day Mini Jack Sparrow, you are a true gentleman!  Now go see him in the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!

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